Student Winning Tradition Continues…

Seven undergraduate students recently participated in the 2001 ASAE International Meeting held in Sacramento, CA. Students represented the department in the finals of the AGCO National Student Design Competition, the ASAE ¼-Scale Tractor Exhibition Pull, and the EMI Student Branch Competition.

Jamie Foote, Samuel Ray, and Stan Young received Second Place in the AGCO National Student Design Competition for their senior design project titled “Environmental Control in Hydroponic Tomato Greenhouses”. Students from Michigan State University received First Place with their “Trim EZ Pruner” design and University of Arkansas students placed Third with the “Design of an Aerobic Plant Growth Chamber.” Also placing high in the competition was the “Phytoremediation of Syn-Fuel Bioassessment Ponds” design entered by Todd Heffern and Paul Summers.

Rob Comer, Russell Goodman, Junior Ledbetter, and Will Pinson represented the 2001 ¼-Scale Tractor Design team. On Monday evening students participated in an exhibition pull on the streets of Sacramento. Pulling on asphalt presented somewhat of a challenge, but our students rose to the occasion. During the pull, our students orchestrated a full pull with Russell Goodman at the wheel. After the pull off, UT placed Third. The team also won a pair of turf tires and aluminum wheels. Next years ¼-Scale Tractor Design Competition will require a 4-wheel drive design.

Finally in recognition of our student branch’s hard work, numerous activities and accomplishments, it placed Second Runner Up in the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) Group B (less than 33 members) Trophy Awards. EMI annually recognizes ASAE student branches for their outstanding initiative and accomplishments.

William E. Hart

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